1 Feb 2017

Thousands of children exposed to unsterilised water at dental clinic

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 1 February 2017

There's a major health alert in Pukekohe after 2,500 children were exposed to water that was contaminated with blood or saliva at a school dental clinic.

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Health officials will today start contacting the families of children who went to the Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic between 13 September until it closed last Monday.

They will be offered testing for HIV and Hepatitis after they were exposed to the unsterilised water.

An incorrectly connected hose accidentally linked the clinic's suction system to the air system.